pro Europe - Austrian Embassy Series 'The European Court of Human Rights versus parliamentary sovereignty. Limits and challenges'
Dr Emil Brix, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the United Kingdom, London
The Right Hon Lord Mance PC,Judge of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Prof. DDr. Christoph Grabenwarter, Judge at the Austrian Constitutional Court, author of the book “European Convention on Human Rights. Commentary”
Friday, May 2nd 2014, 12:30-14:00 pm
Residence of the Austrian Ambassador
18 Belgrave Square, LONDON SW1X 8PX
RSVP Email: bettina.kadoch(at)bmeia.gv.at
Recently British judges directly contradicted the European Court of Human Rights and backed “life means life” sentences for the most heinous crimes. What is the place of parliamentary sovereignty in human rights issues? Are national parliaments more legitimate to decide on what is right or wrong?
After World War II, the UK has contributed decisively to the drafting of the European Convention on Human Rights and to the creation of a European Court of Human Rights. Why should the decisions and the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights apply to all of Europe, with the exception of the United Kingdom? Has the Court evolved in the wrong way and recently lost legitimacy?
Is there need for reform of the Court or is just the UK lagging behind Europe?
Lord Mance PC: ‘Starting’ his career as a Queen’s Counsel he became a High Court Judge in 1993. Having been chairman of the Consultative Council of European Judges in 2000 and having received customary knighthood Lord Mance was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 2005. In 2009 he became judge of the Supreme Court of the U.K.
Grabenwarter: Modelling his career through professorships for international and constitutional law at University of Bonn and Graz and at Vienna University of Economics Grabenwarter became a judge at the Austrian Constitutional Court in 2005. Since 2006 he has been a full member of the Venice Commission “Democracy through law”. He has also been a lawyer in the Secretariat of the former European Commission on Human Rights and an ad hoc Judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Currently he is a member of the Council of Europe Drafting Group on the Brighton Declaration on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights.
We very much hope to welcome you to this event. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by email to bettina.kadoch(at)bmeia.gv.at.As a lunchtime seminar, light refreshments will be served.
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